By Christopher George and Samip Delhiwala
Published: November 2nd, 2016
On Sunday, October 23, Brooklyn College’s Pi-Phi chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity took the trophy home after winning the annual Bryan O’Dwyer Football Tournament, a charity event that featured chapters from various colleges.
By winning the tournament, the Pi-Phi chapter won $1000 in donations towards the Military Heroes Campaign, a program established by Kappa Sigma in 2007 that, according to the Kappa Sigma website, “honors and aids thousands of military veterans and their families in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.” The charity has donated over $1,000,000 to organizations that “advocate on behalf of servicemen and women and those wounded in combat.”
The BC team practiced endlessly weekend after weekend in order to ensure that it was fully ready for this tournament. Rehearsing plays, conducting drills, and practicing cohesive teamwork was essential in ensuring that they would be a formidable opponent in the tournament against Kappa Sigma chapters from other campuses.
The morning of the tournament, the players all traveled together to Prospect Park to get ready to play football. As they walked through the cold weather to the football area, they hyped themselves up, thinking about the $1000 donation prize.
After warming up and practicing drills, the team got in formation to play against the Nu-Gamma (Pratt University) chapter. The tournament counted touchdowns as one point, as opposed to the traditional six points. After a 25-minute game, Pi-Phi was able to come out with a 5-1 win. In the next game against Sigma-Epsilon (Hunter College) next, Pi-Phi was able to come out victorious with a score of 5-0.
The final game against the City College of New York (CCNY) colony was definitely the most difficult and intense. With Ahmad Nawaz, one of the vice presidents of the Pi-Phi chapter, as the quarterback, the players pushed themselves to their max capabilities in order to win this game.
“I promised the president of our chapter that we would bring home the gold after losing in the final last year,” said Nawaz. “We had great players who know how to work together, which really helped us.”
For the first touchdown, Justin Monsanto caught the ball in the left side of the end zone. Then, a defender attempted to blitz Nawaz, who was able to get out of the pocket and rush for another touchdown.
The players were also very creative with their plays and formations. Nawaz called out “52 Odell,” which is the pledge name of BC junior Deep Kumar, and instructed him to run a “stop and go route” to the end zone where he ended up catching the ball for a touchdown over two defenders. In the end, Kumar had an interception for a touchdown, which sealed the 7-3 win for the Pi-Phi Chapter. Arun David and Brandyn White both played huge roles in defense.
With the win, the Pi-Phi chapter won $1000 for the Military Heroes Campaign. The chapter was able to take the trophy back after winning it two years ago and losing in the final last year.
“The first year this tournament was held we won, but fell one touchdown short last year,” said junior Ian Miranda. “It means a lot to us that we picked up this win again for our chapter and for the military heroes we are supporting.”